Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) Information on Japanese-German Joint Call 2021

(June 23, 2021)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in order to promote international research interaction and exchange among researchers in Japan and Germany, are jointly accepting proposals for Japanese-German collaborative research projects in the field of "Hydrogen Technologies".


Research Field

"Hydrogen Technologies"
The following research subtopics are targeted:

  • Efficient and sustainable materials for hydrogen technologies; especially novel and innovative approaches for identifying suitable materials including life-cycle assessment"
  • Sustainable propulsion for maritime transport based on Green Hydrogen
    • (1) Innovative highly efficient synthetic fuels based on green hydrogen: synthesis, chemical processes and concepts for utilization including unconventional synthesis routes such as green ammonia as fuel.
    • (2) Research on and analysis of combustion processes using Artificial Intelligence, numerical analysis, fluid dynamics, etc. with particular regard to the developments under (1).
    • (3) Design and analysis of new combustion systems.
    • (4) Innovations on highly efficient fuel cells for maritime propulsion.

Eligible for funding are consortia composed of at least four partners ("2+2"), two of them on the Japanese side and two on the German side. For each country, these consortia should include at least one university or research institution and one company.

Details of Support

Research networking and exchange projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 3 years totaling no more than 54,600,000 JPY including direct and indirect costs. Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information below and in the Call Document.

Program Officer(PO)(Japanese side)

To Be Determined

Period of the Call for Proposals

Wednesday 23, June to Friday 10, September 2021 (10:00 German time / 17:00 Japanese time)

Application Procedure

  • The joint proposal and Japanese application information should be submitted electronically via the Cross-Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad).
  • An e-Rad guide for applicants (in Japanese) is available in Supplemental Information attached below.


  • Compliance agreement documents require the stamp of the institution's top person. In the case of a university or college the top person is the president, not the dean.
  • When research institutions are national or municipal organizations, such institutions concluding research contracts are obliged to implement necessary budgetary measures before entering research contracts for which they are responsible. Please confirm with your institution and contact JST before submitting.
  • If applicants do not submit required documents to both JST and BMBF by the deadline, the proposal shall not be accepted and not be brought to the evaluation process.
    Click here for the German website (German and English).
  • If your team includes universities or companies, a Letter of Intent (LoI) from each should be submitted electronically via the Cross-Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad). It is not necessary to submit the original LoI. The LoI can be several pages long.

Application Form (Japanese side)

  • The call documents and guidance can be downloaded from below.
Document / FormLinks
Call Document PDF
Application Form Word
参画企業による費用負担・リソース提供および企業の参画における留意点について(only for Japanese side) PDF
Supplemental Information (in Japanese)
e-Radマニュアル PDF


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Department of International Affairs
Mr. HIGUCHI Masayoshi, Mr. MATSUMOTO Norihito
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